I have never seen snow. What is it like?

@Scindhia (1958)
Chennai, India
February 4, 2016 6:04am CST
I live in the tropical side of the world. Summers are extremely hot and there are no proper winters at all except the temperature cools down a bit. The climate is mostly hot throughout the year in Chennai. So whenever I see snow in any of the movies or pictures, it seems unreal to me. I used to cut out snow pictures from Archie comics when I was really small thinking that it was a rare phenomenon. In India, it snows at the extreme north and it is too far away for me to actually go there. But someday I will. Until then, I wanted to know what does snow feel like? How would you explain that phenomenon to someone who has never even seen it? Do you like winters?
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@JolietJake (50974)
• United States
4 Feb 16
Stick your whole arm in a barrel filled with ice water...now imagine small hexagonally shaped pieces of white frozen moisture instead of water...now jump in the barrel. It's kind of like that. Now imagine the road covered in oil about 4 inches deep. It's like that.
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@Daljinder (21147)
• India
4 Feb 16
@JolietJake That was the most creepiest horrifying disgusting way someone had described the snow.....
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
That definitely dampened my interest towards snow
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@silvermist (20111)
• India
5 Feb 16
@JolietJake Now you are trying to scare us.
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@silvermist (20111)
• India
4 Feb 16
@Scindhia I too am from India.I used to want snow.But when I hear people being snowed in and difficulties in driving through snow filled highways,I am glad there is no snow here.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
Such news is terrifying, but so is the news of earthquakes and floods. But that is no excuse for not wanting to experience snow :)
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@silvermist (20111)
• India
5 Feb 16
@Scindhia You are right.In our heart of hearts,we do want snow here.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
10 Feb 16
Being snowed in certainly isn't fun.
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@OneOfMany (12426)
• United States
4 Feb 16
You can experience snow in your own kitchen if you have ice from a freezer. Make sure you take a cold ice cube that isn't melting, and take a knife and start shaving the ice cube in thin layers. The white shavings that come off might as well be snow. Now imagine a lot of that and the things you can do with it. :) I used to make dragons out of good packing snow. 14 feet long and shapely.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
Dragons? Wow! Your explanation of snow reminds me vaguely of some scientific experiment with an ice cube in school. It must be fun to play with snow.
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@OneOfMany (12426)
• United States
5 Feb 16
dragon head
@Scindhia Here's an example of a snow storm: I woke up and it was sunny so I opened all my curtains to let the light in. There was no snow on the ground initially because the last few days have been warm. Suddenly the sky turned gray, and snow started to fall gently, which looks kind of magical as it drifts about, with the flakes tumbling over blades of grass and swirling around the windows. Then it got heavier and the hills disappeared behind the snowfall. The snow started to accumulate more and more. Now the sky is lightening above, but there is half an inch of snow on the ground. Everything that was bare is now covered. It went from a sneaker-wearing day, to a boot-wearing day in 30 minutes! As for dragon, here's one of their heads:
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
7 Feb 16
@OneOfMany The dragon looks amazing!
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@Shavkat (59722)
• Philippines
4 Feb 16
I had experience snow in Central Asia. At first, I was so happy to see the snow pouring out from the sky. Since I am living in the tropical island, I did all things dreamed before such as building a snowman, throwing snow balls to my colleagues and the like. After a few days, I am starting to hate it because of the coldness.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
Its like travelling in a flight for the first time. The first fifteen minutes are awesome. After that with nothing to watch outside the window, its boring.
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@gudheart (12752)
4 Feb 16
It is cold fluffy bits of ice. It is beautiful to look at but awful to live with for more than a day!
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
How do you manage winters then? Like we have ac do you have electric heaters?
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
4 Feb 16
My wife comes from Mombasa in Kenya and until living in Canada she had never really seen snow (as where we lived in Southern England snow would only occasionally fall). It is tough to describe what it is like, I was thinking of the analogy of the ice particles you get in a freezer (particularly the large commercial ones in the stores). Snow will not normally settle on the ground until the temperature is zero Celsius (or below). It falls as flakes, which if they land on you instantly melt, but the problem with snow is how it builds up - a couple of millimeters causes havoc on the roads.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
Snow has a mystifying and dangerous quality to it. Similar things with rains here. Floods are a constant problem.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
5 Feb 16
@Scindhia In my observation, snow and winter looks so great on a picture postcard or perhaps a Christmas card, but there is a rule I was told when I first came to Canada: the more picturesque the landscape is the more dangerous it is. Snow covers everything and you don't know what is underneath, solid ground or a hole into which your foot will get stuck.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
7 Feb 16
@pgiblett I have seen too many movies in which snow plays havoc. I'm happy with my tropical climate for now.
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@sallypup (26609)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Feb 16
You won't like the post I wrote today. Right now I really crave your climate. You can have mine.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
The grass on the other side is always greener.
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@sallypup (26609)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Feb 16
@Scindhia I am not joking. This morning we have very thick fog. I have to get my husband to work even if I can't see 2 feet in front of me and the temps are below freezing. I am not happy.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
10 Feb 16
@sallypup Sounds very dangerous to me. Please be careful while going out.
@Daljinder (21147)
• India
4 Feb 16
Haven't seen the snow either....... Kindly take me with you when you go.....
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
Which part of India are you from? I'm assuming Punjab?
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@Daljinder (21147)
• India
5 Feb 16
@Scindhia NCR precisely Haryana..... Never lived in Punjab and only went there twice in my lifetime yet.
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• United States
4 Feb 16
You would be sick of it here lolz It is soft to the touch if not too frozen, the fluffy kind the best.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
I would love to feel it and hold it just once.
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• United States
5 Feb 16
@Scindhia I would gladly send you some Scindhia.
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@Dalane (703)
• United States
5 Feb 16
If you have a freezer, you can see ice crystals forming. Snow is like that only much prettier. I love the snow, but like any kind of weather, you can tire of it.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
5 Feb 16
The falling of those tiny flakes look magical.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 16
I've seen very little snow too but after reading all the posts about severe winters in Canada, the UK and USA I've given up wishing we had snow here. I think I can happily live without it now.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
20 Mar 16
After reading a lot of comments here, I too don't think I would like snow.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar 16
@Scindhia It looks so lovely on Christmas cards but apparently you have to dig yourself out of your house sometimes or clear it off your car and then it gets all mushy as it melts. So I am reminded of the saying 'be careful what you wish for'. :)
@1hopefulman (27333)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
Oh, it is such an amazing creation. Very white and very cool. It is wonderful to see it fall and great for a snowball fight or a snowman.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
19 Feb 16
You don't have any negative comments about snow? Many people seem to have that!
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@1hopefulman (27333)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@Scindhia Sometimes we get too much and it buries everything and people are crazy and accidents happen. Life!
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@LeaPea2417 (19789)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Feb 16
The snow flakes are tiny fat bits of freezing cold rain drops. Have you ever had one of those cold icy fruity slushies made with shave ice? That is a great way to describe it.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
29 Feb 16
Yes I have had those. Now I have an idea of snow after this discussion
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
16 Feb 16
I live in Canada and we have snow for about five months of the year. When I was young I enjoyed playing in the snow but now I'd rather not see it at all. People play many winter sports here and I think most young people like snow. It would be difficult to describe snow to someone who has never seen it but it is very cold of course and if you want to make a snowman or have a snowball fight, you have to dress warm. Blessings.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
16 Feb 16
@Pose123 Almost half a year?!! That sounds like a bit too much snow. Would you like to live in a tropical country instead?
@Corbin5 (102847)
• United States
5 Feb 16
I do not like winter one bit. Snow can be heavy when it is loaded with moisture. Snow can be light as can be if conditions are dry. Snow can make driving very dangerous if one is not careful. Most kids love snow, but the adults usually are not big fans of snow. It takes so long to put on boots, scarves, hats, and gloves that you are tired out before you step outside in the cold winter weather. I do hope you get to see some snow someday!
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
7 Feb 16
Never had the necessity for boots here. I wouldn't want to live in a snow clad area from what you say. One visit and experience would be enough.
@marlina (72624)
• Canada
20 Feb 16
When I was young, I loved winter time. Not anymore, finding it difficult to deal with it.
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@alchemistrx (2575)
• Philippines
5 Feb 16
Snow to me is like the ice shavings i used to eat in halo-halo.
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@allknowing (63109)
• India
21 Mar 16
i have several Indians who I know have settled down in the US and they have never described anything as ghastly as our friend here. My friend sent me this picture a couple of years ago of her house
@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
20 Mar 16
The picture shows a light snow fall. With a heavy amount of snow everything is white therefore it is difficult to see where the road ends or begins. People walking in a heavy snow fall will also be covered with snow. It doesn't matter if they have black hair or blonde hair or what they have on. They turn white. Snowed like a white icing on a cake.
@zebra2222 (5145)
• United States
20 Mar 16
I'm not crazy about winter. Snow means that the temperature is cold. It can be heavy or fluffy depending on the weather. It may look pretty on the trees, but exhaust from cars may make it look very ugly.